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"Sonic Boom" Rattles Plymouth & Puts Many In Red Cross Shelter

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The people who live near where the pipeline exploded in Plymouth explain their morning as a big boom followed by a frantic escape. The people who live near where the pipeline exploded in Plymouth explain their morning as a big boom followed by a frantic escape.

HERMISTON, OR – The people who live near where the pipeline exploded in Plymouth explain their morning as a big boom followed by a frantic escape.

Jerrie Thomas, who lives near the plant in Plymouth says her heart started pacing after she not only heard the explosion, but felt it, "I was sitting in the recliner and the recliner shaked, rattled and jumped and I thought, 'wow! that was a huge sonic boom!' I was like 'woah!'"

Thomas in her pink slippers and sweat pants picked up the essentials, which for her were a 2 liter Pepsi, her dog and her laptop. She is one of hundreds that had to evacuate. The Red Cross has set up shelter at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds in Hermiston, readying themselves for however many people show up for an unknown amount of nights.

"They're free to come over here and set up for as long as it takes for the responders on scene to take care of things over there," explained Jodi Florence from Umatilla County Emergency Management.

"We've always stepped up when our community is in need," said Jan Cassens. She and her husband have deployed to dozens of emergency response shelters. They have worked with Red Cross for major wildfire relief and other disasters. Monday, they were just there on their own to help in any way.

"Made sure we had some water and juice and made sure that I had the proper paraphernalia that I would need if I was called up," said Cassens.

Most people at the shelter were staying calm and hoping for the best, but those first moments following the explosion were nothing short of chaotic.

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